Kiersten Washle

Track B: Success Stories
Fri/AM 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Building Science Engineer
United States
NZE at Cost Parity

While Zero Energy buildings are becoming more common, they are not being adopted at the scale we need to meet the challenges we face.  The reasons architects and engineers cite for not doing zero energy are plentiful:  it takes too much time, or it costs too much, or the owner isn’t on board, or the team doesn’t know how to deliver.  This session will upend these excuses and show how zero energy is possible today, within conventional budgets and using off-the-shelf technologies, using real buildings as case studies.

Kiersten Washle, LEED Green Associate, LFA, CEM, ActiveScore AP is a Building Science Engineer with CMTA’s Boston Office. Ms. Washle has a B.S. in Systems Engineering & Sustainability, an M.S. in Engineering Management, and an MBA. She collaborates with building owners, utility companies, and third parties to benchmark, analyze, and design both new and retrofitted high performance buildings.

She has been featured at national conferences, like the 2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference and most recently at Net Zero 2022, where she has spoken on sustainable design topics like Zero Energy and Decarbonization. She was recently named Emerging Change Agent of the Year by Built Environment Plus.

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